3 bases to cover for accurate Native American lessons around Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving was initially made a national holiday by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, as a means of celebrating the Union's victory at Gettysburg. Despite the long history of celebrations to give thanks that existed in many cultures, the "first" official American Thanksgiving is, however, often recognized as a feast between the pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, and the Wampanoag tribe of Native Americans.

As is often the case with history, we have a tendency to look back at that event without perspective — particularly in the classroom, where time and resource constraints, as well as controversies over subject matter, can often lead to inaccuracy. While the Thanksgiving holiday is also seen as a time of celebration and being with loved ones, it's also a reminder of an event preceding centuries of tragedy for Native Americans.



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